Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand
RASNZ Solar Viewers - FAQ
The viewer incorporates a black polymer material that filters out the Sun's harmful rays whilst allowing 0.001% of the visible light to pass through to create a sharp orange coloured image of the Sun.
This event will take place on 6 June 2012 and the entire transit will be visible from New Zealand, weather permitting.
Since the next transit will not occur until 2117 the Society wanted to provide as many people as possible with access to a safe, convenient and affordable method of viewing this rare event.
Also, it is expected that sunspot activity will increase during the next few years and from time to time sunspots will appear on the surface of the Sun that are sufficiently large to be seen using the Solar Viewer.
So it is recommended that the viewer be retained after the transit so that it can be used to observe other solar-related phenomena.
Always supervise children when they are using the viewer, it is not a toy.
Do not use the Solar Viewer if the filter material has been scratched, damaged in any way or become separated from the cardboard frame.
Whilst looking away from the Sun, hold the Solar Viewer in front of your eyes. Now turn your head towards the Sun, keeping the viewer in front of your eyes, to safely see the Sun's orange image through the filter. Always turn away from the Sun before taking the Solar Viewer away from in front of your eyes.
If each participant has their own viewer there will be no need to queue to see the event through specialised equipment which is not always readily available.